By definition, orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry devoted to the prevention and correction of abnormalities in the alignment and positioning of teeth and jaws. The goal of orthodontics is to improve the function and aesthetics of the teeth. This will allow you to have a more harmonious smile and facial appearance.
Orthodontic treatments have many benefits. Among these we note:
Improving the aesthetics of your smile
Better chewing and respiratory function
Improved teeth and gum health
Increase in esteem and confidence
Proper position of teeth and jaws facilitates good chewing and improves digestion of food. The impact is beneficial for overall health. In addition, a good alignment of the teeth influences the position of the lips, which allow a better elocution of words.
By correcting the occlusion with an orthodontic treatment, tensions in teeth, bones, muscles and temporomandibular joints are reduced. The alignment of the teeth promotes more efficient cleaning thus reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Orthodontics treatments are not just for adolescents. Indeed, the position of the teeth can be changed at any age. More and more adults are using orthodontics to improve the appearance and health of their smiles. Your dentist or orthodontist can assess whether an orthodontic treatment is right for you.
In some cases, it is better to start an orthodontic treatment before all permanent (adult) teeth appear. This is called an interceptive orthodontic treatment. To determine if your child needs orthodontic treatment to correct his malocclusion, your dentist or orthodontist will give him an orthodontic screening exam. Interceptive orthodontic treatment allows your dentist or orthodontist to treat or stop a problem as it progresses.